Campus stadium will be all about the fans

8 Oct

From the way the complex will look when you drive onto campus, to where you will tailgate and the way your butt will feel in a seat, FAU has plans for everything to do with the stadium.

FAU Stadium

Student Body President Ayden Maher says the stadium will “change students’ lifestyle
and the way people think about FAU.”

At 30,000 seats, the open-air stadium will be the largest sports facility in Broward and Palm Beach counties, with Lockhart Stadium and the BankAtlantic Center both seating about 22,000.

“I’m excited about the possible fan attendance and the tradition that will come with the stadium,” Student Body President Ayden Maher says. “This will bring back a lot of alumni, attract more commuter students and give on-campus residents a chance to simply walk to a game.”

Originally compared to stadiums at University of Central Florida and Florida International University, FAU officials say the Owl stadium will be different in both its design and functionality.

“Initially we looked at the stadiums at UCF and FIU to start the discussion about ours, but the FAU stadium will not be modeled after anything,” University Architect Tom Donaudy says. “We strive to make this a unique stadium and for it to be better than both those stadiums.”

“Our location is quite different than most other stadiums, and we feel this will create an exceptional game day experience,” says Donaudy, who is also FAU’s vice president for facilities. “We will have lots of options and hope to create a lot of tradition.”

Maybe the biggest question lingering, will it be done in time for the 2011 football season? FAU says it will.

“We have a very aggressive construction schedule,” says David Kian, FAU’s sr. vice president and general counsel. “But it is one that we know we can do.”

Innovation Village

Innovation Village is slated to open fall 2011.

Innovation Village
Directly next to the stadium will be FAU’s new upper-division residence hall. There will be 1,218 apartment-style beds, with four bedrooms and two baths per unit, as well as space for retail and classrooms. Students living on top floors of the west side of the building will have a view directly into the stadium. On the east, students will be able to see the ocean. The $200 million project is scheduled to open in Aug. 2011 and Kian says he has no doubt it will be completed on time.

FAU Stadium

The new stadium will have a special student section.

All seats will have chair backs and their will be a specific “students only” section. There will be no running track encircling the field, so the stands will be closer to the action. The stadium will have several different levels of seating, each at different prices. There will be 1,000 priority seats inside an air-conditioned club level, 4,000 primer seats in a semi-enclosed area, 20 suites and 26 loge boxes.


FAU officials say Owl fans will be able to tailgate everywhere on campus.

Tailgating & Parking
Like most universities with on-campus stadiums, game day will consume the campus. Donaudy and Kian said they expect fans to park and tailgate “everywhere” but the main traditional events will happen between the new Alumni Center and the Recreation Center, and directly in front of the stadium. Lee Street, which will be directly in front of the stadium, will be closed off to cars on game day for tailgating events. There will be a shuttle service around campus to bring fans to the stadium when it gets close to kickoff. Priority parking will be offered to fans who have priority seats or suites, and there will be a valet drop-off area. As part of the stadium’s construction, the entrance to the university from Spanish River will be four lanes, upgraded for the current two.

FAU Stadium

If all things go according to plan, the Owls’ next football home opener will be held in a brand new, 30,000-seat, on-campus stadium.

The open-air stadium will have natural grass, as per Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger’s and the players’ request. The stadium will be have a tropical South Florida theme and a “beach-like feel,” according to University Architect Tom Donaudy. Because of its central location and design, fans will be able to see the stadium as soon as they enter the Boca Raton campus — from any direction. Fans will be able to see the ocean from the stadium’s luxury boxes.


FAU will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m.

What: Join FAU President Mary Jane Saunders and Athletics Director Craig Angelos for a groundbreaking ceremony and tailgate party

When: Friday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m.

Where: Across from the stadium site on the Boca campus, in the plaza between the Recreation Center and the Marleen & Harold Forkas Alumni Center

RSVP: Online at by Oct. 8.

More info : 561-297-2301

Read more: See PDFs of the current issue



2 Responses to “Campus stadium will be all about the fans”

  1. Adam October 8, 2010 at 7:39 pm #

    Love the Owl Times! However, that third rendering (the one with the caption, “The new stadium will have a special student section”) was actually done for the baseball stadium to promote a possible $10 million renovation. You can actually see the orange clay on the right where the home plate would go. Might want to remove that one.

  2. gravedigger October 23, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    Good post!

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